JUNE-JULY 2019: Update 2

TELL ME YOUR DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE! of our school building…

When I first started as Principal I was surprised by how much learning I had to do around aggie pipes and building works. At first, I thought this was a distraction from the teaching and learning work that I wanted to concentrate on, however, more and more I realise that none of the elements of school can be separated from the other and that each element works (hopefully) in harmony to create the best learning environment for your children.

There is a great deal of research that talks about the importance and influence of the surrounding environment on people’s capacity to learn, create and collaborate. The Reggio Emilia approach to education identifies spaces as ‘The Third Teacher’ after grown-ups and peers, a term which has been regaining popularity over the past few years. To provide interested families with some information I have found a brief fact sheet from ACECQA, also known as Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority, who have set consideration of the Environment/Third Teacher as one of their Quality Areas. Here is also a TEDTalk from Bridgitte Alomes, discussing the importance of intention when designing spaces.

I raise these ideas in preparation for the community to complete a survey regarding our school environment and the dreams we hold for the potential of this space. As we begin the first phase of our Capital Works process, community consultation is a vital element and will begin with this survey. When community members complete this survey, I want you to consider the full educational potential of this space. The video linked quotes Steve Jobs as saying “Design is not just what it looks like, the design is how it works.” How does our school work? How do we want to see it working?

There are a number of questions in this survey and it may at first seem long, however, the control group of families who acted as my guinea pigs have said it is easy to complete quite quickly. You are also free to skip any questions if you do not feel you have enough knowledge or a strong enough opinion to respond to that statement.

When answering the statements, please only consider your own opinion - we will be consulting with students in a different way! However, for any families with ex-BNW students who have moved onto high school, we would love the opinion of students who have moved on to other schooling environments also - there is an option for BNW alumni.

In order to meet the timeline requirements of the Department, this survey will close at 5 pm next Thursday 27th June, with absolutely no opportunity for late submissions. If you have any questions about this survey or the CAPEX process, please contact the office.

Hannah Reid